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One week, Four parks. Gaspe to New Brunswick. July 2011 Pt. 4/5 (Kouchibouguac)

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The Part 4: Kouchibouguac

Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick

With a car full of wet gear, we continued our drive along the Gaspé coast, heading south for the first time in days. Since you’re on a two-lane, often under construction highway, the drive can take a few more hours than you might expect. The scenery is stunning and, at times, beautifully bleak.

We made it to Kouchibouguac by early afternoon and the campground was the emptiest that we had seen yet. It seemed that we’d have our choice of site. The sites range from wooded to wide open. Our gear had been festering in the back seat all day, so we requested a site that was good and open to dry out.

Being July, it was bug season. We broke down, drove to Miramichi, and bought what we saw on just about every other site over the past few days: a bug tent.  We may be slow to learn, but we do learn.

After setting up camp, we went for a sunset stroll along the boardwalk to the beach.

The boardwalk in Kouchibouguac

Fox on the beach

Fox on the beach take 2

We had a clear night, and were able to dry out.

Day 2

We had a lazy morning the next day, drinking coffee and sorting our gear. The plan was to walk the length of the dune.

Beach dune

We had flirted with the idea of renting a kayak or canoe, but the weather was threatening rain so we decided just to walk and take our time. We walked south along the dune about 3/4 of the way to the tip until the rain started. The rain wasn’t terrible, and it let up by the time we got back to camp… for a little bit. We made dinner in our bug shelter and attempted a fire.

Our site in Kouchibouguac. #24, I think.

Even though the fire looks decent in the picture, it didn’t last long. We found, consistently throughout this trip, that buying wood directly from the park often resulted in wet wood. Lots of hissing and very little flame.

Kickin’ back in front of the fire.

Despite the wide open spaces of the campground, for some reason, a family of four was sent to the site directly beside us. There were loads of sites available, but they (or the staff) chose the site beside us. It’s not that we’re anti-social campers, but a little bit of privacy is always welcome. What made the situation more difficult was the constant arguing and bickering that went on between the parents. Who wants to hear that when you’re looking for a bit of solitude?

As our mediocre luck would have it, it rained again on our last night in Kouchibouguac. We were beginning to identify a pattern in the weather: 1st day dry, 2nd day and night – rain.

In the morning, we did what we do best: load the car full of loose wet gear and head to the next destination.

Part Five: Fundy National Park

Part Three: Forillon

Part Two: Forillon

Part One: Le Bic


Written by canadianparkhound

September 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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